Volume 1 The Making of THE GEORGIAN GENTLEMAN Michael Brander penetrates the much romanticised era of the Georgian Gentleman showing how he really lived. It was a time of peaceful agricultural growth at home and of lengthy wars abroad, the start of an overseas Empire as British merchants seized commercial opportunities backed by naval supremacy. It was a period of balls and masques, of refinement, grace, moderation and scholarship, of drunkenness, gaming, duelling and folly, of strong odours, flickering candlelight, dirt ...
Volume 1 The Making of THE GEORGIAN GENTLEMAN Michael Brander penetrates the much romanticised era of the Georgian Gentleman showing how he really lived. It was a time of peaceful agricultural growth at home and of lengthy wars abroad, the start of an overseas Empire as British merchants seized commercial opportunities backed by naval supremacy. It was a period of balls and masques, of refinement, grace, moderation and scholarship, of drunkenness, gaming, duelling and folly, of strong odours, flickering candlelight, dirt and disease. It saw the development of the canal system and of regular stage coach services with steadily improving high roads resulting in faster and more reliable communication, while a network of small ports and harbours round the coast plied a busy, sometimes illicit, trade. Steam power and the first railways heralded the end of the period. The reality of the life of a gentleman of the day is shown, often in his own vivid phraseology, depicting his childhood, his education and travels, the clothes he wore, his pastimes, hunting, shooting, gaming, his clubs and entertainments, his wagers, wenching, debts and duels, his servants, sanitation and diet, the financial tightropes, the pretences and aspirations, as well as the ailments and the physicians, either of which only the hale and hearty could survive. Water was generally not fit to drink unless mixed with ale or wine, but Spas for taking the waters were popular. This is a vibrating picture of a colourful part of social history, the start of the saga of the English Gentleman. Michael Brander is an M.A. Hist/Econ (hons) Cantab. He was born in Edinburgh and has written over fifty books on social and military history, biography, travel, horses, dogs and whisky (and contributed to a hilarious cook-book by his wife, Evelyn), almost all published in the USA. As one reviewer put it he writes entertainingly and very readably, with remarkably wide ranging research, and knows a good anecdote when he sees one.
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Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 0347000053. Hard cover is green with gold lettering on spine. Brown and white monochrome end papers. Pages are clean and tight. Illustrated with dozens of b/w pictures and 5 color plates. "...Brander penetrates the myths of the Georgian gentleman to show in graphic detail the clothes he wore, his education and travels, hunting, shooting, gaming, wagering, clubbing, duelling, entertainment, servants, wenching, his diet and sanitary habits, the pretence, the financial scrambling, the ailments which only the fit and hearty could survive..." Chronological appendix; bibliography.; B&W and color Illustrations; 1 x 9.3 x 6.5 Inches; xii, 223 pages; Hard cover has light bumping, shelf wear, previous owner's bookplate inside front cover. DJ has light shelf wear, rubbing/scuffing, bumping; in a mylar cover.
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